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Don O'Bannon, a high-ranking Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport official, has stepped down from his post.

The resignation comes as he is under investigation for accepting a scholarship from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas).

O'Bannon, a D/FW Airport vice-president who oversees contracts with minority businesses, was suspended three months ago and has been on paid leave since then.

But in a statement to News 8 on Wednesday, O' Bannon said, I have resigned.

He did not explain why he's stepping down.

The politically-connected lawyer has been with D/FW since 2002, earning a six-figure salary. Multiple sources said he was terminated by the airport's top brass, but will be allowed to resign instead.

An investigation by News 8 uncovered possible ethics violations last October after O'Bannon's daughter, Danielle, received a $1,000 scholarship from Rep. Johnson.

The congresswoman owns a portion of two Hudson News stores at D/FW Airport, contracts that are directly overseen by O'Bannon.

Johnson has denied that O'Bannon had any role in the scholarship award. I was solely responsible with Danielle working that application as well as others, the congresswoman said.

O'Bannon's ex-wife defended him last year, saying he did not know about his daughter's scholarship, but airport officials hired an outside investigator to look into it.

A spokesperson for D/FW said that investigation is still ongoing, and that the airport had not received a formal letter of resignation from O'Bannon as of Wednesday.

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